Marine Ecology


The EV Seminar takes place every Wednesday from 4.00 - 5.30  pm

Lecture hall


Special Seminar 17. Juli 2015, 11:00 Uhr lecture hall West Shore Building

Dr. Andrew Fidler, Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand

 "From tunicates to  godwits: a molecular biologist’s on-going attempts to understand  ‘real’ biology"


ABSTRACT: The talk will be somewhat wide-ranging but the  aim is to  describe a number of interesting (I hope!) projects that I have been contributing to over the past few years.  I will first describe the Cawthon  Institute,  a non-government research institute (owned by a public trust) based in little, but sunny, Nelson, New Zealand. I will give an overview  of the  work of the institution with the intention of helping find common interests /  complementary  resources to those of GEOMAR. I will then outline three projects that may be of interest to GEOMAR staff: (1) The use of tunicate xenobiotic receptors as ‘sensor elements’, in recombinant yeast-based bioassays, to detect marine bioactive compounds. (2) Timing of godwit migration departure from New Zealand: application of a ‘candidate gene’ association approach to look for genetic variation that may account for some of the inter-individual variation in migration departure date and (3) Studies on the population genetics of a highly invasive colonial tunicate, Didemnum vexillum.  This third  study has led to an interest in epigenetics, and its possible role in adaptive evolution of marine invertebrates, which motivated me to visit GEOMAR.












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Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reusch
GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
West shore Campus
Düsternbrooker Weg 20 
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e-mail: treusch(at)

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